Customized capacitive switch, prox sensing solutions
Capacitive switch and proximity sensing solutions can be used on appliances, home automation and ruggedized industrial applications.
CapSense technology capacitive switch and proximity sensing solutions, based on Cypress Semiconductor Corp.’s PSoC chip architecture, can be used on next-generation appliances, medical equipment, fitness equipment, gaming and vending machines, commercial, automotive, point-of-sale terminals, home automation and security as well as ruggedized industrial applications.
A single capacitive assembly can replace dozens of mechanical switches and controls with a touch-sensitive interface; the solution supports touch screens and proximity sensing. They can also be more reliable than their mechanical counterparts because of resistance to environmental wear-and-tear from temperature change and moisture.
The capacitive designs can be customized with discrete switch buttons, rotary and linear sliders and track pads. Circuit substrate options are available, including rigid FR4, flexible polyimide and flexible polyester for multidimensional designs. Unique backlighting and varied cosmetic options are also available.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.